Letter To The Editor: Progressive state income tax

Dear Mr. Ken Robinson,

The purpose of this letter is to add my voice to those who support Washington State adopting a progressive state income tax. I am a math teacher and author for the Transition 2030 research project. Today the project has two websites: www.future4washington.webs.com and www.transition2030.webs.com. The first website is a presentation in favor of a progressive state income tax.

The Washington State Treasurer’s Office publishes a report each year called the Debt Affordability Study. This report shows that the State of Washington is currently over $20 billion in debt. Each year the Legislature passes a “balanced budget.” However this budget is “balanced” by borrowing money.

Currently forty-three states place an income tax on individuals. Forty- seven states place an income tax on corporations. One feature of a state income tax is that both individual and corporate state income taxes are deductible from Federal income taxes. In fact, there is no cost or “financial burden” associated with a progressive state income tax to individuals or corporations.

If you have any comments or questions, please try to share them to my e-mail address, mathteacher4@live.com

Eric Paulsen

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